Getting manhandled (literally) in Mexico

Trip Start Jul 12, 2012
Trip End Sep 21, 2012

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Flag of Mexico  , Yucatan Peninsula,
Sunday, July 15, 2012

Got up early to buy my ticket for Palenque on Tuesday. It was lucky I did as there were only about 4 left. Mexico is seriously eating at my budget, the bus ticket cost me nearly £37. Luckily I'm getting into cheapy Guatemala in a few days!

So I had an 'interesting' event happen after I'd bought some fruit from the pier ladies and bought my ticket to Cozumel. I decided to book on a snorkel tour as the diving is meant to be awesome in Cozumel but at $75 I'm gonna hold out till Costa Rica and Honduras. Anyway I was walking back after booking the tour and a Mexican guy (oldish) came up to me and said he was going to buy me a free coffee for booking on the tour. I said I had to get back but then he mentioned Starbucks and I was in. He asked me where my sticker for the tour was and I said I was going tomorrow so was keeping it till then. He said he was going to give me another one so that I wouldn't get bothered by touts as I was already on a tour. So he got the sticker out and I was thinking 'he is totally going to use this sticker deal to try and cop a feel' so I tried to grab it off him and failed. So he obviously presses it to my boob, as soon as it's on I back off and go to press it on better myself and he tries to grab my other boob! I backed off again and said firmly, 'please do not touch me,' apparently i'm polite even when I'm being manhandled. He then asked me if my breasts were 'original'...I mean come on! Seriously wait it gets better.

So after this I was like I am definitely getting this free coffee. He offered to get it for me but I was like, no thanks I'd rather not potentially have you slip something in there creepy man. I came out with my coffee and politely thanked him and said I had to go and get my stuff for the ferry. He went to hug me, in hindsight I should have gone for a handshake but I'm terrible in these situations, I don't want to be rude ha! He used this opportunity to try and lick my ear, seriously VOM. I'm actually laughing as I write this because the situation is so ridiculous! It still gets better.

I walked off and he obviously followed me and kept trying to put his arm round my waist I kept shaking him off and walking ahead and then the best bit he turns and says to me- 'how much money do you want?' I was like 'whaaaaat?!' and told him I didn't want any. He was like, 'so your time is feee'. Well DUH! I'm wearing traveller pants for gods sake do I look like a prostitute! (probably just thinks all western women are).

He then went on to say that he loves women and kept saying he loves pussy, I said I was a proper english girl and that was inappropriate to say to me pahaha. He asked if I was married, I said I had a boyfriend, he asked if I wanted two and did I love men-yes I love my (fake) boyfriend! Finally escaped, other than the fact I got manhandled I can't find this situation other than hilarious because it is just SO ridiculous. And seriously how bold is that man? To be fair I probably should learn to be ruder but I was just a bit least I got a free starbucks out of it.

Got the ferry to Cozumel island which I've never been to before despite the fact it's opposite playa. I decided to walk to my hostel, it was farrrrr. With my backpack, in the heat. I do love my hostel though, the guy gave me loads of tips on where to eat cheaply and where's good to snorkel on the island. I once again walked to this hotel where there is a wall of coral, it was meant to be 3km, I thought that didn't seem far. It was far, and actually 4km in like 90% humidity, arg! Thank GOD it was cloudy!

The hotel, once I arrived, was super nice. The snorkelling was pretty awesome and it was literally just off some stairs, easy! Lack of sun again, go away clouds! There was a nice American couple who gave me some tips as well and a British woman who offered to drive me back to the hostel :)

Got a taxi back, for obvious reasons and just chilled at the hostel for a while, apparently I'm the only one staying in my dorm! There goes my plan of sharing a car with someone, especially as ive discovered that if I want to go to the other side of the island it's either a 60km round bike trip or 400 pesos ($35 dollars) for a taxi. May actual end up renting a scooter-meh!

Ended up going out to dinner downtown (more expensive) as there was a local band on down there. Found an ok priced place to eat and then spent the next twenty minutes getting attacked by ants. When I moved chairs an extremeley drunk Mexican firstly kept asking my name over and over and wanted to buy me a drink. Then his friend came over and kept asking the same so I eventually gave in and got a tequila. Crazy, drunk Mexican then decided to sit in front of me when thankfully a group of English/Scottish girls rescued me and asked if I wanted to sit with them. Then another man gave me a free piña colada, what's going on! Crazy drunk mexican came coming back (and asking my name) and pestered all of us, he seemed to have no personal space boundaries and then he gave me a bracelet with my name on, aw he finally remembered lol. This has definitely been the day of free stuff as well as creepy men.

Wandered round town with the girls to try and find a bar, but it appeared everyone was at the square. By the time we made it back, at a shockingly late 10:30pm, everything was shutting up. Cozumel is happening! Was going to get a taxi home but the a-hole tried to overcharge me so walked back instead-don't worry it's safe here! Absolutely knackered (probably from all the walking) and spending the night in an empty dorm which is kind of creepy! Snorkeling trip that I got molested for tomorrow!
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Simmy on

Oh my god moo! That was such a weird situation you got into, but hilarious! I'm glad you got out of it safely. You really do need to be meaner in these situations, I remember what you were like before lol.

Glad you're okay and that you got to meet up with Perla. Take care and be safe xxx

Jess on

I cannot believe you still went to get a free coffee!! That's evn worse than the willy man in Egypt! Be careful I'm now worrying about you even more - and I know how much you hate having your ears licked! x

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